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Schwinn Windwood Women's Cruiser Bike

Schwinn Windwood Women’s Cruiser Bike

“Schwinn Windwood Women’s Cruiser Bike Review. Is this bike worth the buy? Read now!”

Schwinn Windwood Women's Cruiser Bike

Schwinn Windwood Women’s Cruiser Bike

This single speed cruiser bicycle comes with a comfortable spring saddle and a … The Schwinn Windwood 26 inch Women’s Comfort Bicycle has alloy rims, I Love this bike, it is beautiful. I finally learned to ride a bike this year. At the bike class the instructor told me to select a 26 inch bike. There were two other bikes at my house that was not suitable for me, but my family insisted that I should be able to ride two different mountain bikes. for a new beginner this is perfect and by the way, receive many, many complements with my bike. Women love it. Finally, I have shown my family I could ride a bike.

The round paper in the spokes claims this bike comes with “Free Assembly.” But the FedEx guy who dropped it off at my house wasn’t about to help me, so I guess that only applies if you buy the bike at Target or Toys R Us. But putting it together is fairly simple once you manage to get all the packaging undone.

Was not hard to assemble with an extra pair of hands. I love this bike! So easy, like the ones when i was a kid. I use this bike with a child carrier, and it is perfect. Nice wide cushy seat for the bum, allows you to sit up straight and leisurely ride, not hunkered over the handlebars. If you just want to cruise, this is the bike! Wide tires – even tho it’s from China now, it still seems a quality, heavy-duty bike.

Got this bike for my daughter who is 13. She absolutely loves it!!! Very smooth ride, comfortable and every time we go out she gets tons of compliments for the look. Despite not having any gears she is able to go uphills with ease. Great value

I wanted a cute bike that was easy to ride on the boardwalk down at the beach. It was easy to assemble, I did it myself in about 45 minutes. It works great, I got an adorable wicker basket and bell. I get tons of compliments on it. I did a lot of shopping around and you really can’t get this style/quality of bike for much less. I have recommended this bike to my friends and they love it, too.

So far I like this bike, it is very good looking (i have black-white with pink), very comfortable and looks like quality bike. i have only biked for about 10 days, but so far so good! More at Mongoose Maxim Mountain Bike review

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Mongoose Maxim Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike

Mongoose Maxim Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike

“What makes the Mongoose Maxim Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike a good purchase? Read on to find out!”

Mongoose Maxim Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike

Mongoose Maxim Dual-Suspension Mountain Bike

The Mongoose Maxim is a dual-suspension mountain bike that is available at an entry-level price but offers room for learning and growth as a rider. The key to appreciating the Mongoose Maxim is to recognize that this is an stylish-looking beginners bike with the potential to be upgraded to an intermediate bike as a rider’s skills improve. Mongoose has employed this strategy for many of its more widely distributed bikes because it gives customers the opportunity to get started in mountain biking with a lower budget.

This should not be misinterpreted to mean that Mongooses are “cheap” in design quality, but instead that the manufacturer has made some decisions that reduce the overall cost. For example, the Shimano components tend to reduce the price because they are a little less durable. The twist shifters make finding the right combination the 21 gearing options fairly easy to learn. This gives the rider access to the three piece crankset and the 11t by 34t cassette for good mechanical advantage in the downhills and the climbs.

As with all dual suspension mountain bikes, the purpose of the shocks is to help the rider move faster over uneven terrain by limiting vertical movement. The Mongoose Maxim achieves this by using a simple single-point swingarm system for its rear suspension. This system combines a spring and strut assembly that allows the wheel line to move over the bumps without disturbing the fluid motion of the rider’s pedal stroke. This is the simplest rear suspension design, but it is also the simplest to service and adjust. For novice riders learning their way into mountain biking, this makes the Mongoose Maxim a great bike for practicing basic bike maintenance.

The complement of the bike includes linear-pull brakes and an Element front shock-absorbing fork. Something to consider is also the idea that not every rider wants to go bombing down the steepest passes and trails. For the casual rider, Mongoose has done well to provide options at the entry level position that have solid engineering and are affordable. If a rider simply wants a bike that can follow some uncomplicated trails and provide a smooth ride then the maxim is ideal. This is a light bike, and it is durable enough to keep up with a summer season of jaunts to the local trails. The wide tires Mongoose includes on its entry level bikes are small details that actually do quite a bit to improve the stability of the ride.

There are some junk bicycles being sold at large discount retailers, but the Mongoose is usually the diamond in the rough. What gives Mongoose the advantage of being affordable is the selection of basic level components that are included on the bikes like the Maxim. If you are looking for a simple fun ride, then it is a good purchase. If you are looking to grow, then choosing between this and Mongoose’s other entry level MTBs should be determined by the bike’s fit. More at Mongoose Maxim Mountain Bike review

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Dawes Bikes: Dawes Galaxy Cross Review

“Short but informative review of Dawes Bikes’ Galaxy Cross. Read it now!”

Normally when I review bikes I have a pretty well established routine of slipping on the Lycra (I’ll spare you the graphic details), checking the bike fits, checking the controls work, and heading out on one or two pre-determined routes. But with the Dawes Galaxy Cross I felt a different approach was needed.

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You see, from the moment I clapped eyes on this little beauty at the Dawes dealer roadshow in January, I already had visions of what this bike would be. Nominally the Cross might be part of Dawes’s world-conquering Galaxy touring bike family, but with its cute-but-practical chromoly compact frame, rear rack, disc brakes, flat bars and 24-speed Shimano drivetrain, to my mind this looked like a commuter deluxe.

If I can dabble in romantic notions for a moment, I thought it would make an ideal daily companion for those who might not preen over their machines as much as shaven-legged roadies, but who undoubtedly engender a far closer relationship with their two-wheeled partner every morning and evening commute.

Jeans and jacket
So it made a nice change to be able to set the saddle height, ensure everything worked, and nip out for a spin wearing jeans, ‘normal’ shoes and a casual jacket. I also didn’t fuss about sweeping rural routes, preferring instead to hunt out cycle paths and lanes in an urban environment.

The Cross’s first surprise was a rather charming liveliness — no stodgy commute here. Part of that was down to the bike being a fraction too small (in CA’s continual quest to bring you commuter scoops we had got our hands on the only Galaxy Cross demo machine in the country). But even taking the size into account, the ride is a nicely involving experience, while the Cross’s reasonably long wheelbase means it is also a very stable performer. In fact, everything about the core of the bike treads a nice line between being responsive and relaxing: the chromoly frame might be compact but then it benefits from steel’s naturally forgiving qualities.

The rest of the set-up is equally built for purpose. Everything looks good to last and the bars in particular offer a very nice selection of handholds. Hardened mtb’ers might scoff at mechanical rather than hydraulic disc brakes, but on a town and touring bike like this, the Shimano stoppers are a significant and reassuring upgrade on v-brakes or cantilevers. Similarly the Vittoria Randonneur tyres balance comfort, control and speed nicely.

Whole lotta Rosie
So it rides sweetly and it’s a fine build — it’s everyone’s perfect soulmate, right? Almost, but love should never be blind, and there are a couple of considerations any potential Cross owner should mull over. First is the cost. The Galaxy Cross isn’t expensive — indeed for its range of abilities and the Galaxy name it’s a very fairly-priced package — but as one of my colleagues pointed out: for £600 people expect a great bike. The Cross is great at a lot of things, but there might be a specialist machine more suited to your unique requirements.

The second worry is more fundamental: weight. At 34lb this is a heavy old girl. In the saddle I don’t think that is a huge problem — in fact, it might even contribute to the Cross’s surefooted road manners. But if this is going to be a town bike, and needing to be taken up into apartment blocks or down into basement flats, then that mass could be an issue.

Despite all this, even after riding it, there really is something special about the Galaxy Cross. Using my head, I would say it is a perfectly utilitarian pedal transport machine. But using my heart I would say that for many commuters — and anybody who fancies some relaxed cycling holidays, charity rides, perhaps even a gentle sportive — this could be the little cracker you fall in love with. As with any life partner, though, tread carefully round the issue of weight.

Dawes Galaxy Cross £599.99
Frameset Double-butted chromoly steel
Gears Shimano Acera
Chainset Shimano triple
Brakes Shimano M375 mechanical discs
Wheels Alloy double-wall rims on alloy hubs
Tyres Vittoria 700x32c Radonneur
Bars/stem Dawes alloy
Saddle Dawes Touring
Seatpost Dawes micro-adjust
Size range 16, 18, 20, 22in
Weight 15.6kg (34lb)
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